Its that time of year again when the lights are out and the carols are being sung. The big corporations are gearing up to make massive profits and see all of their hard work in advertising useless products to the masses pay off. The time when the malls and stores are filled to breaking point with all things Christmas and Santa related.
The same time of year where the liberals and atheists lose their minds because mangers are place don public display and because people dare to say "Merry Christmas" without first checking to make sure that the person it is directed at is not offended by the word "Christmas".
Its the time of year when we are all rushing around like mad people trying to get everything closed off and wound down so that we can maybe take a bit of time off to celebrate the biggest commercial holiday of the year.
But for some of us, it is a time when we get to sit back and reflect on the year that was. To give praise and worship to God for bringing us through our daily hardships and for keeping us sane through the stupidity that is the progressive liberal world of the 21st century. A time for quiet and fort reflection and for regeneration. A time to clear out the dirt that has accumulated in our lives and minds so that we can start it all over again in the new year. A time for being grateful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His sacrifice for us and for His guidance throughout the year.
To this end, my husband and I will be going away over the next few weeks and will be getting back to nature. We will be camping out in the gorgeous South African bush - away from all interruptions and the noise of the city. We will not have access to news and current affairs and will not be bothering ourselves with any of it until the new year.
I know that blogging has been light for the past few months but I do make a promise that one of my new years resolutions is that I will be blogging a lot more frequently when we get back.
So to that end, I want to wish each and every single one of you who reads this blog and happy and blessed Christmas and a restful and prosperous new year!
But how do other countries compare? News24 finds out.
The news that Zuma’s 74 ministers and deputies cost taxpayers at least R1.6bn comes alongside warnings that Christmas is looking bleak for many; with rising unemployment, strikes and bad debts piling up.
Though ministers earn a cool R2.1m, the Presidency insists that the size and shape of the executive is "required to deliver on the priorities".
But a glance across the globe reveals South African ministers earn significantly more than their counterparts.
Perks and privileges
Comparing MPs salaries in different countries is difficult because they all receive different expenses and allowances. But the UK’s 'expenses scandal' in 2009 - where a number of MPs were caught out and even jailed for abusing parliamentary perks - put the spotlight on salaries worldwide.
The average MPs salary across the countries surveyed by the UK's Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) was just under R1.5m ( £86 237).
With earnings of R2.1m, South African ministers then earn 40%, or R600 000, more than the average.
By comparison, British MPs are paid R1.1m (£65 738), taking home a massive 81% less than their South African counterparts and 31% less than the global average.
Fair pay packet
Tasked with regulating and setting new pay levels for the UK’s MPs, Ipsa said that MPs had "miserly" salaries and recommended last year that they receive a 10% pay rise to R1.2m (£74 000) by 2015.
The idea was met with a cross-party chorus of opposition from MPs themselves, who agreed it wasn't appropriate given the tough economic times.
However, Ipsa insisted it had done “rigorous” research, and that the figure wasn't just an "arbitrary number".
Though Ipsa's research did not include African nations, Ipsa found that just four other countries - the US, Australia, Italy and Japan - paid their MPs around R1.7m.
Japan leads the pack
Ipsa found that only one developed nation pays its MPs more than we do: Japan.
Japanese MPs earn a vast R2.87m - while those with a similar pay bracket to our MPs are Australian MPs with a salary of R2m, Italian MPs with earnings of R1.95m and American legislators - who earn around R1.87m.
Meanwhile, Kenyan MPs - previously among the best paid in Africa - bent to public pressure last year by accepting their first pay cut.
Kenyan MPs saw their pay drop half a million Rand to just under R830 000 - though only after negotiating terms for a tax-free car grant, pensions and other allowances.